April 16th, 2010
Lazy Susans, Hot Fat Crabs, Lewes, Delaware Beaches, Crab House, Restaurant, Review
How could you not start thinking about crabs? Not just crabmeat, but sitting down and picking crabs. Getting messy and full of Old Bay Seasoning.
I wrote yesterday about how gorgeous it was here at the Delaware Beaches. I wanted crabs for dinner.
Lazy Susans just opened up last week for the season. They have been in business since 1984. It is a true crab house. Their location is 18289 Coastal Highway (Rt.1), Lewes, Delaware. Tel. 302-645-5115.
Just in case you do not eat crabs, Lazy Susans also have other food items on their menu like steamed shrimp, BBQ clams, oysters in season, fried fish, chicken, oyster, shrimp and seafood baskets, flounder, sandwiches, soups and salads. Great corn in season, as well as specials every week. The restaurant is very affordable, has a full bar, and a kids menu is available.
Me, I only eat the crabs and maybe some corn.
Last night as I was coming inside the restaurant I looked around to find out that it is still early in the season, so tables were pretty open. I chose a picnic table, covered in the brown paper, always present in a crab house. Perfect for cleaning the mess afterwards.
Lazy Susans has another dining area in the back of the restaurant that is very open and a bar is located there, as well.
We started with crabby deviled eggs and they were very good. It was a good balance between the crab and the egg. Sometimes the filling can get too heavy either way, but last night they were perfect.
To me, there is nothing better than a blue crab; I mean a true blue crab. I have eaten crabs from other parts but there is that sweetness of the Delmarva crab that is so delicate and tasty. I then dip the crabmeat in vinegar and the combination is great.
When my sons were young, I made sure that they learned to eat crabs at a very early age. My oldest was an expert by the age of 3. I remember him sitting in his high chair at the Crab Claw in St. Michaels, in Maryland, and people would stop to watch him pick crabs. I actually showed him so that I would not have to be picking them for him. A little selfish on my part but, both of them have been big fans of crab picking ever since.
The crabs at Lazy Susans were mediums. As the season progresses, the crabs also get bigger and depending how the season goes, they get more expensive, as well. These mediums were heavy, which is the way you want them; very sweet also. The mustard is found as you open the crab. I always thought it was the fat. But, I found out that it is not. It is actually the crab’s hepatopancreas. What is it? It is a main component of the crab’s digestive system. The hepatopancreas is a gland located on both sides of the mid gut in the main body cavity. It functions as both liver and pancreas.
The “mustard” has a strong and delicious taste and it is considered by us crab “connoiseurs” as a true delicacy.
I have been wondering, why does a crab’s shell turn red-orange when cooked? Afterall, it is blue-green as in “blue crab”.
Apparently, the red pigment is the most stable component of the coloring in a crab shell. The other colors on the crab are destroyed by the cooking process.
The red pigment is astaxathin, a carotenoid, like beta-carotene. It is heat stable while the other protein that makes up the blue-green pigment is not. The red-orange is released when cooking.
Yes, picking crabs could get the conversation flowing.
Sitting with friends for a crabfeast is the best. We get messy and nobody cares. During the summer, it is a past time of all of us here at the beaches; crabs, corn, fresh tomatoes, and beer. Priceless!!
Have a geat week-end!!!…Talk to you later…
Note: Information for this post was taken from www.bluecrab.info.com